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Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from twlight
Review:
This is wonderful and so sad at the same time. You did a wonderful job with this. I do have to say that this makes me want to kill Molly again.
Review By [twlight] • Date [18 Jun 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from DarkElf
Review:
I love finding these rather dark little fics hidden amongst the crack that you seem to enjoy writing. I love the crack fics, but these are really nice too. I never did really care for Molly in the books. Very believable interpretation.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Not everyone did. It was an experiment that did and didn't work. I write some dark stuff every once in a while when it strikes my fancy. I've got a couple more in the works, but they aren't finished yet.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [DarkElf] • Date [2 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from NuitTombee
Review:
I loved it.

Plausible plot.

Thanks for writing.
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [NuitTombee] • Date [21 Feb 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from jmsuarezo
Review:
I can't believe you can write such an awesome drama...Finally people who saw through the hipocrecy of that epilogue!
You win at drama. But win more at comedy, so don't give it up!

Now, let's go back to Luna and his laser-eyed dynosaur!
Comments from author:
I'm glad you liked this one. There's been quite a bit of a divide on the like/dislike line about it. I wrote it and I'm not sure I like it.

I'll have more comedy coming up. Thanks for reading!
Review By [jmsuarezo] • Date [12 Feb 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from CameronYoung
Review:
A Fanfic with a relevent message about the social pressure forcing two people into an unhappy, magical-Prozac marriage? Or, more to the point, A Fanfic with any sort of relevent commentary on the human condition in general? You, Madame, win the internet.

*Cameron looks around for the King, only to see him crying tears of kingly compassion in a corner*

Its *sobs* so saaaaaaaaaad! With Ginny. And Hermione. And Harry. And lesbians...

Um... I guess that's it. I have to go console the King now. Good Job and Good Luck!
Comments from author:
Thank you, it was one of those stories that kind of wrote itself and caused massive amounts of controversy. It's a horror story and yet not an exactly unique situation. All in all, I think it worked.

And thank you, while I'm not sure I actually deserve the internet (considering some of the things I've seen posted on less august sites than this), I do appriciate your sentiment.
Review By [CameronYoung] • Date [1 Nov 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from TheLadyMeow
Review:
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Comments from author:
Wow, thank you. The response I got from this one shot has been greatly varied and I'm interested in what other people have to say about it. To be honest, I wrote the story and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Thanks!
Review By [TheLadyMeow] • Date [18 Oct 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from Prometeus
Review:
It's because they're middle-aged. HP's got three adolescent children. One of whom has a crush on Scorpius who of course doesn't notice her. And even though her parents are separated, she's got a problem with her father making out with auntie Hermione. The story has setup when they're students at Hogwarts but it's set when they're middle-aged.

I don't know, it's a nice story if you're into Romance, or into post-DH, or into H/Hr. I read it just for the broken marriages. :D And in that vein, I really recommend Number Games by JBern.

| Ron Weasley, an aging quidditch player in the middle of possibly the biggest game of his life, looks back at the places where his life changed for the better and the worse. Book 7 compliant but not epilogue compliant.
Comments from author:
I read just about anything, although I do tend to like Harry/Hermione as I don't see Hermione or Ron changing enough to have a stable or sane relationship, but if people can write a good story, I'll give it a try at least.

Thanks for the suggestions.
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [22 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from Prometeus
Review:
Having Hermione name her baby in Harry's family's tradition? Really nice touch.

Holy crap. Yeah, that cow Molly is really disturbing. And her planning out Ginny's whole life for her by age 6 isn't just within canon, it's what canon is made out of. Planning out her daughters' lives is no doubt JKR's fondest wish. Just as JKR honestly wishes there were no government in England.

So I think you're wrong in demoting your fic as merely a "version" alternative to canon. Not only does it not deviate from canon in any way, shape or form, but it's much more detailed and logical than JKR's fanfic. It's canon-esque better-than-canon.

There is a good epilogue fic I read a while ago that's HHr. Ginny is "the harpy" even to her kids. It's a middle-age romance.
Comments from author:
Yeah, I managed to twist cannon into a bit of a horror story for this one. There's "chemical happiness" and while it is a fanfiction cliche, it's still pretty twisted. As for it being cannon, Ginny in the books was programmed from a young age. More common than not. It takes a pretty strong person to break out of that and go their own way.

As for that fic you mentioned, is that because they are middle-aged, or does it take place in the middle ages? Just curious.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [19 Sep 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from Warlocke
Review:
Tough break for Ginny, here. Molly does strike me as a terribly narrow-minded person in canon. Her treatment of Hermione during fourth year, all due to a sensational newspaper article, was shameful.

Her kicking Sirius Black while he was down was totally uncalled for. The man had more legal claim to Harry than she ever did, but, ironically, she was the one acting like a dog marking its territory when it came to the Boy Who Lived - and right there in the man's own house!

While neither Molly nor Ginny can stand Fleur, one wonders if, perhaps, Ginny just dislikes her for the same reason any teenage girl might dislike a slightly older, very pretty, charismatic girl (with an admitted penchant for snobbery) who is occupying the same house as Ginny's would-be boyfriend, while Molly's reasons might be more... bigoted.

I don't think portraying her as you did was off the mark. When you consider the behavior of purebloods in HP canon, their obsession with purity, with keeping it in the community, so to speak, it's not hard to imagine them not tolerating, as you put it, non-breeders.

While I'm a fan of neither H/G, nor the epilogue and its pairings, I don't HATE Ginny, so I can admit she got a raw deal in this fic (but if she hadn't, there wouldn't have been a fic). Bearing that in mind, the only problem I have with this story is Ginny's stated eye color. It's supposed to be brown. Changing it for purely cosmetic reasons is... kind of silly.

Jeez, Ginny, Harry and Hermione were already committing adultery, I'm sure they'd have shared with you a little if you'd just spoken up.
Review By [Warlocke] • Date [27 Aug 10] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from DHX
Review:
A very nice, well written, made up story where you allow your personal interpretation make excuses for why canon doesn't fit your preferred outcome. more power to you and all that. but Don't forget that travesty against literature that you are railing against is canon and exactly as JKR presented it.

now you may asking why do this why bring this up?

I bring it up because I find stuff like this annoying as hell.

I hate how in this case you, like so many others have this need to add so much crap to the characters that was not there, just to explain why things did not go Harry/Hermoine in the books.

the need to vilify Molly Weasely with this homophobic reaction to Ginny being a lesbian, greatly saddens me.

the fact that you have Ginny seemingly knowing about whats going on and accepting it, Saddens me.

the fact you have this Harry/Hermoine secret love that molly sabotaged, and implied that rose weasely who is born 8 years after the second wizarding war be there secret love child from when they were alone in the forest saddens me.

the fact that you imply that Hermione is the sort of person to stick in a marriage while being unfaithful saddens me.

the fact you imply Hermione would happily delude her husband with kids not his own saddens me.

look honestly? I don't like Canon Ginny or Hermione, and i despise a lot of Fanon Ginny and Hermione but i always put aside my dislikes to give every new story a chance to win me over. a friend recommended you as a decent writer so i clicked and took a browse i found the idea of Ginny being a lesbian a different take one that i was interested in finding more about, but i was generally horrified by what you had written as i progressed through the oneshot. the cliches, the overly bias interpretations, killed this story for me. and i am forced to conclude that while on one level it is a well written piece of work, i am forced to place it in the same group as the rabid shippers who have to warp everything for the 'ship. and as such I won't take a chance on your other works.
Comments from author:
You are absolutely right on several things. I don't like the ending to the books, and yes, they are cannon. But as we are writing fanfiction, we can do just about whatever we want. I didn't exactly take things directly from what was "cannon" as the very nature of fanfiction means that anything we do is automatically NOT cannon. Thusly, we can play with things however we wish.

I wanted a darker version of things, and this is what came out. This isn't necessarily how I see how things really happened in the books, it's just a different version. I didn't need to make Molly homophobic, but in the society they were living in, it makes perfect sense that there would be a much stronger stigma against homosexuality than in the rest of Britain. This is a very conservative society, insular and self absorbed with "blood purity." In a society like that, "non breeders" would be shunned or otherwise looked down upon. I do not think the premise of my story is that off base for the culture.

It takes a lot of courage to go against a society you live in. Yes, Ginny is a Gryffindor, and so is supposed to brave, but this is a society that is so concrete that there is little way to change things. Think about a person in the 40s or 50s coming out would have to face? It wasn't easy and there were police raids on meeting places for gays and lesbians. It was a criminal act, and still is in many parts of the world. Many, many gays and lesbians marry and have children with their spouses of the opposite sex. It doesn't make it right, but it is still in the realm of possibility.

As for why I chose Molly, it just seemed to fit the story. I don't really have anything against the character, and she's very positively portrayed in my other HP works that she appears in. I don't just keep one version of a character in my head for every story I right. The way I used Molly and Ginny in this one is different from how I use them in other stories.

When it comes to fandom, there are cliches that become standard. I used one: the love potion. It's excessive, overused and yes, I specifically chose to use it for one simple reason: it worked for this story. And I'll probably never use it again because it IS a cliche.

Yes, it is depressingly sad in the context of my story, but that is all it is, the context of my Dark story. It was supposed to be sad and depressing.

As for my portrayal of Hermione in this story: It is VERY different from how I show her in other stories. Yes, I will admit that Hermione and Harry seem to make better sense to me. But I'm not rabid about it, even if my rant at the start of the story may seem that way. This story portrays a darker, twisted version of the HP books. Everyone is twisted, not just one or two characters. And while, I know this might not change your opinion, it is an isolated story.

I would like to say that I REALLY appreciate you sharing your criticism. I love it when I get negative criticism because it allows me to see what others like and don't like.

I'll finish up by saying that yes, this is a horrifying story. It's depressing, it's dark, and there's a sense of loss about it. It's also a 180 from almost anything else I've written. It was an experiment. Some people liked it, it struck a cord with some others, and some, like yourself, didn't care for it a bit. I ask you, please, PLEASE read some of my other things. You might like "Thinking in Little Green Boxes," which is a very different HP story. Or you might like "GeneTech Discrepancy", a Buffy/Jurassic Park story.

You have read one story out of the sixteen I have posted. Please try some of the others.
Review By [DHX] • Date [26 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Very good.

A different perspective; one I appreciated.

Thanks for sharing.

PS:You're quickly becoming one of my favorite authors on this site - I seem to adore everything you write!
Comments from author:
Thank you, that means a lot.

I'm really trying to stretch my writing to get as much out of it as I can. This was an experiment with a character I didn't really like from the books, but trying to get the emotions down pat. It seems to have worked.

Thanks for reading, reviews like this make it all worthwhile.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [26 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from (Recent Donor)redjacobson
Review:
Nicely done! I can't believe I feel sorry for Ginny in this story, nor do I believe that I could possibly despise Molly Weasley any more than i already did, but you made me feel both emotions. And, while I feel this story stands alone in it's own right, I wouldn't object to seeing this story from Harry's POV, at least from the point where Ginny had the conversation with him.

Red
Comments from author:
A number of people have requested that side of things, but I'm afraid that it would harm the impact of this story if I don't get it *just* right. I'll have to see what I can come up with.

Part of the reason I did this was because Ginny wasn't one of my favorite characters and her motivation in the books seemed spotty and scattered. I tried to get that across in this fic, and from people's responses, it seems to have succeeded.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [(Recent Donor)redjacobson] • Date [26 Aug 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from clockworkorange
Review:
God, I really feel for Ginny in this story, which is honestly kind of bizarre for me as I have trouble tolerating her half the time. I also find myself wanting to straggle Molly Weasley; holy crap what an awful mother.
Comments from author:
Ginny never seemed real to me like the other characters in the books. She was just THERE, and sometimes for no reason other than for who her brothers were. I wanted to take things from a different prespective and I think it worked. I also had trouble with the reactions of most of the Weasleys throughout the books, especially where Harry and Hermione were concerned.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [clockworkorange] • Date [25 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from (Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood
Review:
Wow. Just wow.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I consider that high praise.
Review By [(Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [25 Aug 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Keeping Up Appearances" from FariaLyton
Review:
Sad and horrible and amazing. Interesting perspective.
Comments from author:
And that's exactly how I wanted it to come across.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [FariaLyton] • Date [25 Aug 10] • Not Rated
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